Sunday, September 2, 2012

it's a Journey

September is here and this past weekend marked the 2 week out point for my 2nd show of the season, the IFPA Pro International in Kansas City, KS.  I have never been this motivated to bring my best and overall I am loving this whole journey.  I have really come to realize that its not what happens on a given day, it's the work you put forth leading up to it.  Give your best, have fun with it and everything will come together with time.

Here are a few training highlights from the past few weeks of my prep, going to keep grinding all the way to the stage!  I also want to thank everyone for all of the support!!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hold Strong!

This Past weekend Tara and I made a quick trip to Sacramento, California for the IFPA Pro USA.  This was my first pro show and I am more than happy with how things went.  I had an absolute blast seeing everyone again and meeting a ton of great competitors, for me this is one of the best parts of the sport.  Bob and Tina Bell run one of the best shows around and it really helps with the whole experience.   Here are a few clips of the IFPA Pro Men's Pre Judging courtesy of Matt Ogus.  Also if you get a chance check out the link to is YouTube page.  He is doing some great things for the sport and always posts some great vids, not to mention he is a beast in the gym.

I also want to give a huge Congratulations to Moji Oluwa for his big win this weekend.  You have always been a huge inspiration to me and it was an honor to share the stage with you.  Also, Robbie "Superman" Sardinia.  You are all around an amazing Bodybuilder and person, pictures and vids don't even give justice to the conditioning he brought to the stage!  I had a blast sharing the moment with you, there will be many more to come!!

For me this is just the start to the season.  I am also planning on competing in the IFPA Pro International in Kansas City on September 15, 2012.  Everything is booked and I am now sitting at 8 weeks out from my 2nd show.  I know what I have to do to I just have to do it.  I can't thank everyone enough for all the support, it really means so much to me and has really provided me with tons of inspiration in and out of the gym.  Here are some clips from this past weeks training, back to work and killing it all the way to the stage!  You will see some crazy changes in 8 weeks! 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Still doing it to it!

Reverse Grip BB Rows 3 weeks out.
It's been a few weeks since my last update, but things have been rolling right along.  Work is in full swing with cherry harvest and I am now less than 3 weeks out from the IFPA Pro USA.  My weight is still steadily dropping and I have no doubt I will be bringing my best to date.  There is still time to keep pushing it and that I will!  Here are a few highlight clips from the past 2 weeks of training.

These next few weeks look like they are going to be super busy, but this actually helps keep me in a routine and the time will blow by.  Before I know it Tara and I will be making the trip south to Sacramento, slapping on some Dream Tan and hanging out with a ton of great friends.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

BOOM....34 days out!

It's hard to believe that as of today I am officially 34 days out from my IFPA Pro Debut!!  This prep has really been an eyeopener for me, especially when it comes to keeping an open mind.  Don't be afraid to go against what others may believe is the right way, because a closed mind has limits.  My philosophy is to approach the gym like a Powerlifter/Strongman and diet like a Bodybuilder and I am absolutly loving every aspect of my prep so far.  Now it is time to step up the game and finish stronger than the first! Here are a few training highlights from this past week.

*Warm-ups excluded

Safety Bar Squats- 2x8@335 / 2x5@385 / 1x8@335
BB Lunges- 3x8@225 / 1x15@135
V-Squat- 4x10
Leg Extensions- 5x10


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Plain and simple, lift the weight!

Powerlifter, Strongman and Bodybuilders all have many training techniques in common and they can carry over to each individual sport.  I feel that I have found a balance of training in the the "grey" area, other than black or white.  I have really tried adapt my training method to suit my needs and I really feel that the variations and methods I use have really helped me improve on my physique and in this sport on a yearly basis. Most importantly I love training this way and when it comes down to it....if its not fun, then why do we do it?  I'm not saying that training this way is great for everyone, all I am saying is to find what works for you and you enjoy doing...then run with it!

Training has been rolling right along and I hit a low of 203.0lbs this week.  Overall I am feeling great and here are a few training highlights from this past week.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

8 to go! Never settle....

One thing that is really hitting me this prep is the mentality to never settle for anything less than your best.  It doesn't matter what others think or say, just as long as you personally know you didn't just settle for anything.  Bodybuilding is actually more mental than most would care to admit and what separates most competitors is the ability to break through barriers mentally before physically.  If you say "never"...then you never will.

Progress for me at this point is slow, but steady.  I am staying consistent and trying to keep as much strength as possible. Here is a highlight from my deficit deadlifts this past Wednesday as well as my comparison pictures from my 2010 prep.  I also finished this week with a low of 203.6lbs.  I still have a long way to go, but I am closer than I was yesterday.



Yesterday marked the 8 week out point and I was able to meet up with Cohn Wolfe, a fellow bodybuilder and good friend for some legs.  We didn't really keep track of sets or reps but here is some footage from our Safety Bar squats.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mental Toughness

This past week has been a little harder mentally than usual, but I finally broke through.  I weighed in at 204.6lbs 9 weeks out and progress is really picking up steam.  For those of you who have prepped before you all know about some of the mind tricks that take place during a sticking point of your prep.  You may question your calorie intake or amount of cardio your doing, but when it comes down to it all you have to do is stick to the plan that you have set in place and you will push through with no problem. All I know is I could not do this without the help of Tara and her watchful eye on monitoring my progress.  It makes all the difference in the world to know I have her backing me in my corner as well as all of your support.  No matter the outcome of each training session, as long as I give my absolute all at the time I will improve in more areas than one.

Despite the mental toughness this past week, I have actually had some amazing workouts.  Here are some highlights from this past week.

*Warm-ups excluded

Safety Bar Squats- 4x8@335
BB Lunges- 4x12@135 (Pauses on each step at bottom)
V-Squat- 4x8
Leg Extensions- 4x10 / 2x12


Sunday, May 6, 2012

10 week out comparison

10 Weeks out from the 2012 IFPA Pro USA

Progress has been rolling right along and my weight is sitting just at 206lbs.  I am passing the 10 week out mark for my first show, so today just before cardio Tara was able to take a few progress pictures for comparison from my last prep.  I had many areas I wanted to improve on this past offseason and now is when I can start to see if I have made any progress towards those goals of improvement.  Progress is made a day at a time, the key is to be consistent and it will come.

2010 Prep

2012 Prep

Also, here are a few training highlights from this past week.

Had a great one and here's how it went.....

*Warm-ups excluded

Leg Press- 4x10
Hack Squat + Bands- 2x10 / 3x8
Smithmachine Lunge- 4x8 1x12
Leg Extensions- 4x10 / 1x8


Sunday, April 29, 2012

"To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift" -Steve Prefontaine


"To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift" - Steve Prefontaine

For me this really hits home in all areas. Some days you feel amazing and others its a real struggle to push forward. As long as deep down you know you are giving 100% of what you are capable at that time, it will always be worth it.  These past few weeks have been a little harder for me.  I have actually had a few setbacks with allergies and a cold, but I still kept things on track and worked around it with one goal on my mind...Improve!  I also just passed the 11 week out mark to the IFPA Pro USA and I am weighing right at 206lbs.  I am defiantly leaner and stronger at this weight, so I am pretty excited to finally see some of the improvements I have made this last year.  This is also really helping with my motivation and I have never been so focused, but at the same time loving every second of the journey.  Here are a few training highlights from this past week.

Had a great one and here's how it went.....

*Warm-ups excluded

Front Squats- 1x10@225+Bands / 2x6@275+Bands  / 1x8@225+Bands
BB Lunges- 4x8
V-Squat- 4x8
Leg Extension- 4x12 / 1x15


Sunday, April 15, 2012

You get what you put into it!

This week flew by and things are really starting to pull together.  My weight actually had a big drop and I am sitting right at 210.4lbs, which is a few pounds lighter than my last prep in 2010 at 13 weeks out.  My motivation is through the roof and I am approaching each day exactly the same and trying to keep a healthy balance in all areas of life.  This mindset has really helped with my progress so far, don't worry about others or what they think.  Just keep killing it day in and day out, because you get what you put into it.  Here are a few training highlights and posing from this past week.

Had a great one and here's how it went......

*Warm-ups excluded

Front Squats- 1x12@225 / 1x7@315 / 2x6@315 / 1x12@225
Lunges- 3x8@225 / 1x12@135
Narrow Leg press- 4x10
Leg extensions- 4x10